Bellurgan United travelled to Monasterboice to play surprise Nivea for Men Premier Division leaders Boyne Harps on Sunday and the peninsula side came out on the wrong end of a 4-2 defeat.
Harps got off to the perfect start when they scored the opening goal following a ball that saw their centre forward beat the offside trap.
Stand in goalkeeper Kevin Rogan saved the striker’s initial effort however the loose ball was fired home with Rogan stranded.
Despite this early setback Bellurgan took the game to the home side and Ciaran Rogan was unlucky with a piledriver that was inches wide and Darren Gaynor saw an effort strike an upright with the Boyne goalkeeper beaten.
Midway through the half Bellurgan were deservedly back on level terms when Damien Connor scored with an excellent effort.
Their joy was short lived though and within two minutes the visitors were again behind when a corner kick that was whipped to the back post was headed past Rogan.
Once again Bellurgan responded and Owen Traynor and Jonathan Winters had efforts saved but it was Boyne who were next on target in the final minute of the half when Bellurgan failed to deal with a long throw-in.
Two minutes into the second half and it was 4-1 to the home side when slack defending by the peninsula outfit was severely punished.
Alex Bothwell’s side regrouped and the deservedly got a goal back from a Winters header after Shane Finnegan corner kick had picked him out in the crowded area.
And from the restart, Winters was denied a second goal by an excellent save.
For the remainder of the game Bellurgan continued to press forward at every opportunity with Gaynor going close with a header and Finnegan losing out in a one on one with the Boyne keeper.
Bellurgan United: Kevin Rogan, Jason Brennan (Stephen Finnegan), Ciaran Casey, Stephen Malone, Damien Connor (Liam McKenny), Ciaran Rogan, Gavin Long, Owen Traynor, Jonathan Winters (Diarmuid Murphy), Shane Finnegan, Darren Gaynor.